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Let’s Get Technical: American Swing

Let’s Get Technical: American Swing

We’re back once again to bring you another blog in our Let’s Get Technical series. This week we’re going to take a look at American swings. American swings are a ballistic movement with the kettlebell. Similar to normal swings but carrying through the extension overhead. If you’d like more personal training, why not book in with one of our personal trainers at Elevate?

How it’s done

Set Up

  • Comfortable stance with feet somewhere between hip and shoulder width apart

Down Phase

  • Relax and let gravity do the hard work
  • Maintain neutral Spine
  • Deep hip hinge (push bum back)
  • Soft Knees

Muscles Action

  • Eccentric loads through the anterior and posterior chain.
  • Isometric loads through the posterior and anterior chain controlling the body’s posture.

Up Phase 

  • Powerful hip drive 
  • Utilise hip drive to pull bell upwards in an upright row motion 
  • Push head through between the arms to lock out

Muscles Action

  • Eccentric loads through the anterior and posterior chain.
  • Isometric loads through the posterior and anterior chain controlling the body’s posture.

Advice

  • You need great over head stability and shoulder stability for this one, try to use a light kettlebell.
  • Don’t pull up with your shoulders, the momentum should come from the swing and power generated by the hips.
  • Try mastering the regular kettlebell swing before moving onto this, a good form will really help with the extension.

Dan Cumberworth

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